Activities for Practice: The Chain Game
(excerpted and adapted from Tutoring ESL: A Handbook for Volunteers)
Purpose: Practice vocabulary in categories and sentence patterns.
Materials: Objects (optional).
Begin the chain with: “I’m going to the supermarket to buy rice.” The next person must repeat and add an item: “I’m going to the supermarket to buy rice and oranges.” Encourage students to help each other to keep the chain going. You can practice other tenses as well, for example:
I went to the park and I saw ….
I went to the clothing bank and I got …
I’m going to school and I’ll need ….
I’m making dinner and I need ….
Excerpted and adapted from Tutoring ESL: A Handbook for Volunteers. Reproduced with permission from the publisher, Tacoma Community House Training Project, Tacoma, WA 98405.